Our Coaches

Curtis Blake


I am a former police officer who served in both the Arlington County and DC Metropolitan Police Departments. I worked in the Tactical Unit, as a Field Training Officer, and patrol over the course of 13 years with both organizations.  I’ve been coaching CrossFit full-time since 2007 and have never looked back.

Jordan Bradley


Emily Newton

Coach / Gymnastics Guru

Emily is a former level 10 gymnast who found CrossFit in 2012, after an injury forced her to retire from competitive gymnastics. After retiring from gymnastics, Emily missed the intense physical activity and thrill of competition. Fortunately, CrossFit offered the physical challenge and competitive atmosphere she had been missing!

Greg Hales


I am a certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer; and began CrossFit in February 2011. As an athlete I played rugby in college, have completed a marathon and multiple half marathons, have competed locally in fitness competitions and recently began competing in Olympic weightlifting, having successfully qualified for and competed at the American Open Series III event in September 2017.

Aaron Ellis


Aaron is Virginia born and raised. The son of a preacher man, he hails from Williamsburg, Virginia in the good ole 757. For his day job, he works with the Department of Defense Marrow Donor Program, matching potential DoD donors with cancer patients.

Lauren Ashley


I am a certified Level 1, Level 2, and CrossFit kids trainer, a student working on my Masters in Nutrition Education, and a mom of four very athletic grade school kids. I was always a competitive student athlete; but resigned myself to the globo-gym machine-based work-outs as an adult.

Dave Torpy


I’m a former police officer, retiring after 20 years of Patrol work. The last 16 years were spent as a K-9 handler and trainer. Many of my assignments required an expected level of fitness. However, nothing was as pertinent to my former career as CrossFit. After some high school sports and a list of gym memberships, I found CrossFit in 2010.

Lisa Donnelly


Kaitlin Ewald


I discovered CrossFit in 2012 when I was a group fitness instructor and looking for a more challenging workout while in graduate school. After moving to D.C. in 2013, I completed my CFL1 and began coaching.

Michelle Thibeau


Army Veteran who got my start in functional fitness in 2008 after I stress fractured both of my hips. My physical therapist was housed in the same facility as an up and coming CrossFit/Functional Fitness community that trained semi-pro and pro athletes. They not only helped me to heal but to see the benefits of being a more well-rounded athlete. Though I have occasionally specialized in cycling and running, I have worked through CrossFit to “move all of my weaknesses to the right.”
CrossFit L2 and Certified Pregnancy & Postpartum Athleticism Certification.
My goal is to meet athletes where they are at and help them get where they are going.

Will Thibeau


Michelle, my wife, got me into CrossFit when we met. While I was in Iraq and she in Afghanistan, we’d swap WOD times while trying to best each other in the CF Open. Once my ticket to being a physically ready Army Ranger, CrossFit is now my ticket to a long, functional life where I’m ready for anything. CrossFit Level II Certificate owner. Talk to me about double unders any time.

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